Over 300 Tennis players drawn across the country are featuring at the 39th Edition of the Annual Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis Tournament that serves off in Lagos today at the Tennis Courts of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The Acting Director, Corporate Communications department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Isaac Okorafor, while disclosing this said sum of N11,248,000.00 has since been set aside as prize money for winners in both men and women categories as well as the wheelchair division
He added that winners of both the men and women singles categories will smile home with N700,000 each while the runners up in both categories will get N500,000.00 each.
There will be action in menâ€™s singles round of 64 with four wild cards already given and womenâ€™s singles round of 32 where only two wild cards were allocated.
Ironically, new champions must emerge this year as both the menâ€™s singles and womenâ€™s singles defending champions Moses Michael who has travelled to the united states of America and Russian based Melissa Ifidzhen who is having her examinations will not be taking part in the exercise that runs from May 25th â€“ June 3rd 2017.
Okorafor Stressed that CBNâ€™s continuous sponsorship of the Senior Tennis is in line with their resolve to continue to promote and develop the game of tennis in the country just as they are doing in the CBN Junior tennis circuit.
Meanwhile, the secretary general of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, Mariam Akande has pleaded with the players to ensure that the observe the general rules of the game, knowing that the CBN is the biggest Tennis Tournament in the country.